Hutchinson, Kansas Kansas Territory Bottle & Postcard Club in Kansas will host “Soda Fountains of Kansas” a presentation and discl1ssion by Cindy Higgins on April I, 2017 at 7 PM at North Sunflower Bldg. at Kansas State Fairgrounds. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program.
Contact the [KTB&PC] at [620-728-8304] for more information. The .program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.
During the glory days of the soda fountain, Kansas pharmacists created tonics and curatives that eventually evolved into refreshments like the Brown Cow, the Mudslide, and the Egg Cream.
Government regulations, World War I luxury taxes, and bottled soda pop played a role in these ice cream concoctions that became a profitable sideline business. The presentation will explore soda fountains in Kansas today and the revival of soda fountains throughout the nation.
Cindy Higgins is a journalist and Kansas historian whose research interests focus on Kansas industry before technological mechanization dramatically changed ,work and labor in the early 20th century.
Most every early Kansas pharmacy sooner or later installed a soda fountain stocked with sugar-laced tonic and fizzy cure-alls invented by the local pl1armacist and served by a fast … moving, slang-talking soda jerk,’ Higgins said. “Serving an updated menu, several soda fountains remain in Kansas today, and nationwide offer innovative artisanal treats remi11iscent of the fountains’ original offerings .. ”
“Soda Fountains of Kansas” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Kansas Stories Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that examine our shared human experience … our innovations, culture, heritage and conflicts.